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pretense
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Heart of Darkness
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  • I became in an instant as much of a pretense as the rest of the bewitched pilgrims.
  • It was as unreal as everything else—as the philanthropic pretense of the whole concern, as their talk, as their government, as their show of work.
  • An idea at the back of it; not a sentimental pretense but an idea; and an unselfish belief in the idea—something you can set up, and bow down before, and offer a sacrifice to….
  • They were intruders whose knowledge of life was to me an irritating pretense, because I felt so sure they could not possibly know the things I knew.

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  • The country maintains a pretense of a free press.
  • Nobody is fooled by her pretense.

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